Waste legislation and policy in Ireland is drawn almost completely from EU law. Generally speaking, EU law has supremacy over the national law. However, EU waste law is set out in broad framework pieces of legislation which stipulate the aims and objectives to be achieved, but the government has a good deal of leeway in terms of how the legislation will be implemented. While the responsibility for transposing EU directives and regulations into national law lies with the government, much of the responsibility for implementation of waste legislation lies with local government.
The links in this section of our web site include those for EU Directives and Regulations as well as policy documents from the Irish government. This will help you navigate the various strands of waste legislation used in Ireland.
EU Waste Legislation
Irish Waste Policy documents
Assessment of separate collection schemes in the 28 capitals of the EU (European Commission report)
Annual Report 2016/17
Annual Report 2015/16